The leading three players who finish in the top ten and ties at the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard who are not already exempt will earn places in The 150th Open at St Andrews.
That will be music to the ears of Seamus Power who will be aiming to make his debut in the event this July. Power will make a maiden Major appearance at the PGA Championship in May but has so far only qualified for one Major in 2022.
“Everyone at the moment is asking me about Augusta but Augusta isn’t going away. But the 150th anniversary Open at St Andrews would be incredible,” said Power, who needs to be within the top-50 on the world rankings by March 28 to qualify for the Masters.
“I played the St. Andrews Links Trophy there as an amateur and it’s so special there so to play The Open there would be incredible.
“That’s more on my radar than any of the rest and it would be an unbelievable month of golf with the Irish Open and then two weeks later St Andrews. So that’s the goal for the month of July anyway.”
The Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard is the fourth event in The Open Qualifying Series and will be played at Bay Hill, Orlando starting today [Thursday]. Power is joined in the field by Rory McIlroy and Padraig Harrington who have both already booked their place into St Andrews.
The players in the field at the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard who are already exempt for The 150th Open at St Andrews are:
|Sam Burns||Billy Horschel||Ian Poulter|
|Paul Casey||Viktor Hovland||Jon Rahm|
|Corey Connors||Sungjae Im||Patrick Reed|
|Matt Fitzpatrick||Zach Johnson||Justin Rose|
|Tommy Fleetwood||Takumi Kanaya||Scottie Scheffler|
|Dylan Frittelli||Jason Kokrak||Henrik Stenson|
|Sergio Garcia||Min Woo Lee||Erik Van Rooyen|
|Padraig Harrington||Hideki Matsuyama||Lee Westwood|
|Tyrrell Hatton||Rory McIlroy||Danny Willett|
|Lucas Herbert||Kevin Na||Gary Woodland|
|Garrick Higgo||Thomas Pieters||Will Zalatoris|
|Nicolai Hojgaard||James Piot (a)|
(a) denotes amateur
In the event of a tie for a qualifying place, the player with the higher ranking in the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) at the beginning of the week commencing 28 February will be awarded a place in The 150th Open.